After a year and half of limited playing time coupled with nagging injuries, Louisville sophomore forward Agau will transfer at the end of the semester, according to a release from UofL. There was a rumor floating around a few days ago that Chris Jones was the embattled Cardinal potentially on the verge of transferring (which was absurd and never made sense from the get-go), but as it turns out, it was Agau. The Nebraska native just never quite got over the hump during his stint here, battling a sports hernia injury all summer and getting buried on the depth chart behind Montrezl Harrell, Jaylen Johnson, Chinanu Onuaku and the Towers. Still, it appears that everything occurred on mutual, respectable terms as Pitino was quoted in the release saying that Agau exemplified all the characteristics of a “Louisville man” and that he will be deeply missed by the staff and players.
“This has been a great opportunity for me,” said Agau. “I want to thank Coach Pitino and the entire staff. I learned a lot in the two years I have been here and built a great connection with everyone. Everyone in this program is part of my family and it is sad to leave, but this is the best decision for me. I’m always going to be a part of the Louisville family.”
“I sat down with Akoy and we agreed that it is in the best interest for his future to transfer to another university where playing time will be more readily available,” said UofL Coach Rick Pitino. “I’m very fond of Akoy as a person. He exemplifies all that we want in a Louisville man. We wish him nothing but good fortune going forward and will always consider him a part of this program.”
Agau (name is pronounced uh-KOY uh-GOW, like cow with a “G”) has not made his choice of schools yet, but he will be given his full release from UofL. The 6-8 forward has seen limited action in three games this season after recovering from sports hernia surgery on July 29. He played in 19 games in a reserve role as a freshman last season.
A three-time all-state selection, he averaged 12.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and blocked 81 shots as a senior in 2012-13 in leading Omaha Central to a 26-4 record and the fourth straight Nebraska Class A state championship.
The interesting part of this decision is that it frees up another scholarship for Louisville and will allow them to pursue an additional player this spring for 2015 or concentrate all their efforts on 2016 and look for more backcourt help. Also, as is always the case, I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if Pitino were to add someone this summer via a 5th year graduate transfer or Juco player. One thing’s for sure: it’s never dull around here.
Good luck to Akoy in all his future endeavors.